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Are in-car features leading to more car accidents?

No matter what time of day a person is on the road or how long he or she is traveling, it is likely that person will be sharing the road with a distracted driver. Distraction is a widespread safety problem in Tennessee and beyond, with cellphones being the main reason for a growing number of car accidents. While texting, talking on the phone and even checking social media are dangerous for drivers, there is evidence that features in many vehicles can also lead to distraction.

Many new vehicles come with things like automatic braking, lane assist and other features that are supposed to help drivers stay safe and avoid accidents. While these features are important and helpful, they can also provide a driver with a false sense of security. This overconfidence can lead to a person taking his or her eyes off the road.

People who use these types of features in their vehicles are twice as likely to look at their phones while behind the wheel. A recent study found that the more comfortable a person is with the technology that comes in his or her car, the more likely he or she will be to engage in distracted driving after engaging safety features. Any time a Tennessee driver’s attention is not completely on the road there is an increased chance of an accident.

Car accidents caused by distracted driving can leave innocent people with serious injuries and financial loss. The civil justice system allows those harmed by the negligent or reckless actions of others to seek appropriate compensation for their losses through a personal injury claim. An assessment of a person’s case can reveal if this is a reasonable course of action.